Reggae Ambassador, Freddie McGregor, O.D. released his highly anticipated album, “True to My Roots” on his Big Ship Music label on July 1, 2016. Previously in June, his hit singles entitled “What You Gonna Do” and “True to My Roots” made history topping the NY & South Florida Reggae Music charts up to seven weeks in a row respectively and has continued to receive heavy airplay. Additionally, in a tribute to his longtime friend, Dennis Brown (Crown Prince of Reggae), McGregor includes a remake of the popular track “Your Love’s Got a Hold on Me” on the classic Studio One “Havenless” riddim. Other notable tracks are “Calling” and “Indigenous People,” two anthems addressing the prevalence of violence, need for leadership, fight for social justice and encourages youth within many underserved communities today.
“‘True to My Roots’ (the album) dropped right in time for International Reggae Day and has received rave reviews in the UK, Japan, the Caribbean and U.S, it’s definitely an album for the people. What began this year as a ‘new project’ is now a living testimony for many including myself. Giving your all, staying true and never giving up is what Big Ship Music is all about,” says Freddie McGregor, CEO Big Ship Music Inc.
Currently the Big Ship family (including McGregor’s talented offspring Daniel “Chino” McGregor, Stephen “Di Genius” credited songwriter and producer on Drake’s “Controlla” hit and Shemabeth) is touring Brussels, Germany, Spain, Amsterdam, Belgium, Hungary and Italy. Released on the Big Ship Music Inc. label with notable producers Dalton Browne, Cleveland Browne (of the legendary Reggae production duo, Steely & Clevie) and Lloyd Campbell, the album “True to My Roots” transcends the trials of life, inspires love, celebrates cultural pride and preservation and shares a prophetic message with today’s youth. “True to My Roots” is living proof that Reggae music is still universal and its boundaries limitless.
Grammy-nominated singer, Freddie McGregor, has not only made significant contributions to Reggae music, but, has also helped to shape it with his conscious lyrics and Philly-Soul style for over 50 years. Equally adept as a romantic crooner or as an emissary of strong cultural messaging, his undeniable vocal ability boasts hits such as “Push Come to Shove,” “I Was Born A Winner,” “Big Ship,” American soul classics like, “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” and “True to My Roots.” Always ready to perform, Freddie has completed more than 30 albums and continues to headline international concerts and venues throughout the world.